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Questions and answers: Intelligent Finance transfer of equity

  • Intelligent Finance have just agreed I can take over the home loan on the flat. I had applied for a transfer of equity but is this a transfer of ownership of the house as well?
  • My wife and I have equal shares in a investment property. I am a top rate tax payer. Preferably I would like to complete a transfer of equity into her name to reduce our tax on the letting income. If Intelligent Finance are content with this the legal fees are not prohibitive. However what happens when we dispose of the property? As I would no longer be on the deeds would I lose my CGT relief.
  • Been reviewing consumer forums that solicitors are more expensive than conveyancers when it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing. Am I better of using a conveyancer or a solicitor where I am transferring equity and simultaneously switching mortgage with Intelligent Finance
  • Three years ago I bought a flat without my partner's name on the ownership paperwork. My conveyancer said it is due to the fact that she is not in the mortgage with Intelligent Finance. I'm wondering is there any way that I can put her name on the deeds?
  • I am hoping to remortgage my flat in Ampthill moving from Godiva Mortgages to Intelligent Finance. The home is jointly owned but I would like it to be in my sole name as and when I remortgage. My former partner is OK with this and is willing to sign a form but neither of us want to incur lawyer charges.
  • Can I transfer the equity held in my property with my Intelligent Finance mortgage?
  • My dad died half a year ago leaving a mortgage-free house to me and my brother in equal shared. Having continues to reside at the premises, there was a provision in her will saying the housecould not be sold for 24 months after her death so he could remain there for a while. He now wishes to remain in the house beyond the prescribed period. We have discussed a transfer of equity. Would I be right in thinking that we should get a valuation then he'd get a home loan in the conventional way to acquire my equity?

Examples of information requested in a conveyancing solicitor form concerning a Intelligent Finance Transfer of Equity

Who will be responsible for the costs of the Transfer of Equity?

If are intent on holding the property as beneficial Tenants in Common in unequal shares, what is the split to be. For e.g. 50-50, or 60-40?

Please confirm the person to be removed from the title deeds will not reside at the property after completion of the Transfer of Equity?

Please let us know of you wish us to prepare Declaration of Trust. If so are you happy to incur the additional fee (beyond the Transfer of Equity fee)?

If you are adding someone on to the title deeds how do you wish to hold the property? Please provide your instructions by completing and returning a“Joint Ownership Declaration” Questionnaire.

Has consent been obtained from Intelligent Finance to the proposed transfer of equity?

General Advice to read in in addition to the above Intelligent Finance transfer of equity Questions and Answers :

Tax and Legal

There may be various tax and legal implications when transferring equity for your property. You should always seek the advice of a solicitor on the Intelligent Finance conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold premises

If your property is leasehold, provisions in the lease may have a requirement for notices to be served and that you have a license to do so from the freeholder. If such conditions are not complied with you may be in breach of your covenants under the lease. This could trigger the freeholder taking enforcement action against you.

Indemnity Insurance

If the transfer of equity is made as a result of an Order of the Court, then Insolvency Indemnity Insurance is not required. In other situations, where a property is being transferred at less than market value between joint owners, an Insolvency Act Indemnity Insurance policy may be required. This is something that that your conveyancing solicitor will check with Intelligent Finance This is because, if the outgoing party is made bankrupt in the future, their Trustee in Bankruptcy could argue that they had transferred the property in order to avoid their creditors and apply to the Court to have the transaction set aside. If this happens, it could affect your lender or a future buyer from you as they would lose the property and the lender may not get back what they have loaned to you. The Insolvency Act Indemnity Insurance policy only protects lenders such as Intelligent Finance or future buyers from you. If there is no mortgage and the outgoing owner is made bankrupt, there is a risk to you that you could lose your home if the transfer is set aside. The cost of the Insolvency Act Indemnity Insurance policy varies based on the market value of the property at the conclusion of the transfer of equity transaction.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage with Intelligent Finance.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Intelligent Finance Mortgage

When it comes to preparing the the Land Registry documents your conveyancing solicitor should in the ‘consideration’ panel choose the first option, if consideration is given; otherwise ignore the consideration panel altogether.

If Intelligent Finance is joining in the transfer to release someone from liability, put the release in the ‘additional provisions’ panel if someone is entering into a covenant relating to the charge, place it in the ‘additional provisions’ panel stamp duty land tax is not payable when there is no chargeable consideration for the transfer (Schedule 3, paragraph 1 of the Finance Act 2003). In the case of a transfer subject to a charge (even if the transfer is by way of gift) or if a property has been transferred for no value and there is an associated discharge, HMRC would view this as an assumption of an existing debt by the purchaser (Schedule 4, paragraph 8 of the Finance Act 2003) and stamp duty land tax may be payable if you wish you may state in the ‘additional provisions’ panel that ‘This transfer is made subject to a charge dated… in favour of…’

On form AP1, your conveyancing solicitor should describe the transfer as ‘transfer of equity’ to assist Land Registry staff.

Information contained within this webpage is for general information and only applies to England and Wales. It does not constitute advice for members of the public who should contact their lawyer,mortgage broker, insurer and accountant for specific advice relating to transfer of equity. Whilst we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct we do not make any representation or warranties of any kind about its completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability. Any reliance you place on the information is strictly at your own risk. Lexsure will not be liable for any direct or indirect loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the use of this information.


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